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August 10, 2018

Loyola Clinical Centers Serve Psychology Students and Community, Too

Through the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC), psychology students in the master’s and doctoral program are able to hone their skills while providing services to those who couldn’t typically afford it. At the LCC, adults can receive testing for learning disabilities, attentional difficulties, or neuropsychological issues, as well as psychotherapy as an individual, group, couple, or family. Kids can also receive testing, individual or family treatments, or participate in a social skills group, too.

July 27, 2018

I Fell in Love with Psychology at Loyola

by Mellisha Bedminster, '11, Psy.D. '18

I fell in love with psychology at Loyola as an undergraduate student. I enrolled with the full intention of becoming a medical doctor and quickly realized my passion for the helping profession aligned with psychology much more than it did with medicine. When I decided to earn my doctorate in psychology, I knew I wanted Loyola to be the place where I developed the skills to be a doctoral level clinician. After obtaining my Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, I returned home. That’s what Loyola has become for me—a home away from home. As I prepared for my return, I was surprised to learn that I would be coming back with an extra piece of baggage. I would begin Loyola’s Psy.D. program about eight months pregnant. Confused and concerned about my plans to embark upon my doctoral journey, I informed the program of my pregnancy. I knew I made the right choice to return to Loyola when I spoke with Dr. Lyons about my situation and her sole interest was to support me in whichever decision I made regarding motherhood and completing the program. That support continued throughout my tenure as a Psy.D. student at Loyola.

July 10, 2018

Loyola Alum, Catherine Ruscitti, Psy.D., Interviewed on 2 Houston

Loyola Doctorate of Psychology alum, Catherine Ruscitti, Psy.D., was featured on 2 Houston to discuss how individuals can stop obsessing over food and their weight. In discussing strategies for dealing with negative self talk of a friend Ruscitti recommends gently pointing out the harshness of the statement, "Almost kind of joke back and say ‘don't talk about my friend like that."

June 29, 2018

Why I Launched my Psychology Career in Baltimore

I’ve lived in 10 states all across America. As a kid, we moved around a lot, and I kept on moving once I was out on my own…that is, until I came to Loyola.

When I came to school here, I fell in love with Loyola, I fell in love with Baltimore, and that worked out perfectly because I also fell in love with my husband, who is from here.

June 18, 2018

2018 Psychology Department Awards

At the conclusion of yet another academic year at Loyola, the Psychology Department had the pleasure of recognizing several of our students across programs for their outstanding contributions.

June 11, 2018

Research Mentoring in Psychology

by Michiko Iwaski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Every year, 8-10 students join my research lab to work on a number of projects outside the classroom. Graduate and undergraduate students work together in groups allowing students to exercise teamwork, leadership, and supervisory skills, while I mentor them. Our work can be extremely challenging, but through camaraderie and good humor, we work well together.

May 16, 2018

Finding My Next Steps: Why I Chose to Become a Researcher

by Amanda Woodward, '14, Psychology / Biology Major

When I started at Loyola, I was sure of one thing, I wanted to be a doctor. I chose to be a biology/psychology major so I could learn the biology I needed for medical school, and the psychology to connect with my patients. During my first two years, I checked every box I needed to be a competitive medical school applicant. Then one day, I realized I missed something. I did not like blood or needles, and this seemed problematic for a physician.

April 17, 2018

Loyola Clinical Centers to offer ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

by Stephanie Weaver

The Psychology division of the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) will be offering the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, an international parent training program developed by the Violence and Prevention Program of the American Psychological Association that teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8.

April 5, 2018

It Is What You Make It

Loyola PsyD graduate Rachel Orr standing in front of greenery smiling.

by Rachel Orr, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, '15

In each and every interview that I’ve completed for various professional positions—internships, post-doc fellowships, job opportunities—the one comment I consistently made about Loyola’s Psy.D. program is that it allowed me to shape and individualize my experience. I was able to develop a specialty from a solid generalist foundation. Our program itself was a general program in clinical psychology, but each and every classmate in my cohort had a different focus, a different passion, a different goal. Some of my classmates focused their efforts in college counseling centers, while others served in prisons or psychiatric hospitals. As for me, I was able to interview for and acquire positions in the specialty of neuropsychology, and these positions were often occupied by individuals from neuropsychology-specific or tracked programs. Thus, I cannot emphasize enough—Loyola’s PsyD program is what you make it to be for you and your interests.

March 27, 2018

You Extern and Learn

by Nicole Sellino, ’17, M.S. clinical psychology student

I’m not exactly sure that I know the difference between an externship and an internship. One difference is that “externship” gets a small red line under it when I type it into emails or Word documents on the computer, while “internship” does not. I’ve googled it a few times, and never quite found a sufficiently satisfying answer. Most of my friends who majored in business classes talk about their “internship,” whereas my psychology friends talk about their “externships.” Regardless, I do not think that it is a coincidence that “externship” begins with the same two letters as “experience.” For the purpose of this post, I will maintain the privacy of my externship site out of respect and confidentiality, although it pains me to do so. I’d like to give it the credit it deserves for being an enriching, constantly growing and beautiful place – both inside and out, just like the people I have encountered there. For the sake of this essay, the most you have to know is that I extern at a school, and work with students from the ages of 7 to 18 years old.



A doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, Mary says she was drawn to Loyola's program for its excellent reputation and the fact that she could gain immediate experience in clinical work